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5 most interesting shipwreck treasure hauls

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Titanic

The most famous shipwreck and treasure

The Titanic is perhaps the most famous shipwreck of all time, not only because of the tragic story of her sinking by striking an iceberg in 1912, but also for the magnificent treasure that went down with her. She carried many wealthy guests, and it’s estimated that $300 million worth in diamonds were lost in the wreck. The luxury ocean liner was found south of Newfoundland in 1985 by a team of American and French researchers.

In 2012, right on cue for Titanic’s centennial birthday, nearly 6,000 items recovered from the wreck went up for sale at two auction houses in the US. The list included a diamond bracelet, dishware and even personal items such as a postcard a passenger wrote to his parents.

Treasures from the Titanic continue to go up for offer, with a handful of deckchairs auctioned by Henry Aldrige & Son in April. The Nantucket wooden chairs would have had a home on the ship’s first-class promenade deck – they are now too delicate to be used for seating, but fetched a staggering £85,000 when auctioned.

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